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Archive of Sir Robert Armitage

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Letters from the Gold Coast and Cyprus, 1948-55; Nyasaland memoirs, with related correspondence, speeches, press cuttings and reports, 1956-83; correspondence, reports, press cuttings, printed material, cash books and desk diaries relating to Kenya, [1928-63].

Letters from the Gold Coast and Cyprus, 1948-55; Nyasaland memoirs, with related correspondence, speeches, press cuttings and reports, 1956-83; correspondence, reports, press cuttings, desk diaries and cash books relating to Kenya, 1926-63.

Dates

  • 1926-83

Extent

1.05 Linear metres (7 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Afr. s. 2204/1/2, fols. 1-2].
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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Afr. s. 2204/1-7

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 471

Overview

Papers of Sir Robert Perceval Armitage, KCMG, MBE (1906-90) relating to his work in Kenya, the Gold Coast, Cyprus and Nyasaland.

Biographical / Historical

Sir Robert Perceval Armitage (1906-1990) graduated from New College, Oxford in 1928. On moving to Kenya, he was made District Officer in 1929, Secretary to the Member for Agriculture and Natural Resources in 1945, and Administrative Secretary, 1947. In the Gold Coast, he was made Under Secretary, then Financial Secretary in 1948, and Minister for Finance, 1951-1953. He was Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Cyprus, 1954-1955 and Governor of Nyasaland, 1956-1961. After his retirement, he served as a trustee of the Beit Trust, 1963-1988. Awarded the MBE in 1944, then KCMG in 1954, he was created a knight of the Order of St. John in the same year. In 1930 he married Gwladys Lyona Meyler, with whom he had two sons.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Sir Robert Armitage presented his papers to Rhodes House Library in two sections; the Kenyan section in October 1983 and the papers relating to his service in the Gold Coast, Cyprus and Nyasaland in November 1988.
Title
Archive of Sir Robert Armitage
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid prepared by Clare Brown
Date
1996, EAD version 2018
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Contact:
Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom